Organising Team

WORDfest is run by this cohort of dedicated volunteers who meet at Crawley Library to plan the festivals, drink tea and eat jaffa cakes.

Rachel Cowell

WORDfest role: Co-Director, Artist and Treasure hunter
Day job: Artist & Arts Facilitator – Director of Ginger Moo Ltd


Simon Edwards

WORDfest Role: Co-Director & Content Curator
Day job: Photographer and Film-maker
One of my favourite books: I was totally sucked into ‘Lord of the Rings’ when I was younger and thought it was unfilmable.
One of my favourite quotes:The things that made you weird as a kid will make you great tomorrow’ James Victore
Favourite thing about WORDfest: The fact that it is a true collaboration to celebrate language and literature and to make something happen that otherwise wouldn’t exist.


Jo Harrison

WORDfest Role: Co-Director, Graphic Designer and Website Botherer
Day job: Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Community Arts Facilitator
One of my favourite books: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
One of my favourite quotes: “You are my heroine! And by heroine I mean lady hero. I don’t want to inject you and listen to jazz.” – Liz Lemon, 30 Rock
Favourite thing about WORDfest: Hanging out with our lovely team, being inspired by the authors and artists and seeing people come together in the community.


Natalie Hoare

WORDfest Role: Co-Director & Press Wrangler
Day job: Journalist and office manager
One of my favourite books: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – I read it when I was an awkward teenager and I felt like it really blew back my (dreadful) fringe and opened my eyes.
My favourite Quote: “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men,” Roald Dahl.
My favourite thing about WORDfest: Playing a small part in conjuring up a delicious smorgasboard of wordy delights for fellow readers.


Marianne Lindfield

WORDfest Role: Director and Queen Delegator
Day job: Community Librarian
One of my favourite books: In all honesty it is still Lord of the Rings. I have read many books but that one brings back the happiest memories and feelings of being absorbed into a book to the exclusion of everything else.
My favourite Quote: “The resolve to accomplish your goal is what counts. If you earnestly put your mind to something, your brain, your body, your environment – everything will start working towards achieving that goal” Daisaku Ikeda
My favourite thing about WORDfest: Working as part of fantastic team of people; There is no logic as to why we continue to put on WORDfest, it is hard work and time consuming but working together with a team that are likeminded, funny, intelligent and committed to celebrating words and art makes it worthwhile.


Jamie Maple

WORDfest Role: Co-Director & Co-Founder
Day job: Brand Strategist & Digital Media Consultant
One of my favourite books: The Amazing Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
One of my favourite quotes: “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a word of what I am saying.” – Oscar Wilde
Favourite thing about WORDfest: The thing I love most is the way WORDfest brings people together. Every year we meet new people. There are new people in the audiences, new speakers at events and new people on the committee. It’s a real community festival.


Carolyn Murphy

WORDfest role: Co-Director & Keeper of the Wordfest purse
Day job: Freelance Arts Project Co-ordinator
One of my favourite books: The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Luis Zafon
One of my favourite quotes: “it will be Spring in Moscow now” Chekhov (ish)
My favourite thing about WORDfest: Spending time with people who love storytelling and laughter.


Clair Stanton

WORDfest role: Co-director
Day Job: Community Librarian
One of my favourite books: Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
Two of my favourite quotes (literary or otherwise):  “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”  Albert Einstein
“Don’t ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read…”
Neil Gaiman
Favourite thing about wordfest: the audiences – it makes all the planning worthwhile to see people enjoying themselves at the events.

Kim Tucker

WORDfest Role: Co-Director & Children’s Events Co-ordinator
Day job: 
Children’s Librarian
One of my favourite books: 
For grown ups – Jane Eyre and for children – Jo Lodge’s  Just like Mr Croc
One of my favourite quotes:
Favourite thing about WORDfest:
Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of families on Get Stuck In Day
Contact details:    01293 651751